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MUSIC BY

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

BOOK AND LYRICS BY

DON BLACK & CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON

AS IF WE NEVER SAID GOODBYE...

Based on the Billy Wilder film, the musical version of Sunset Boulevard, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Christopher Hampton and Don Black, had its world premiere at London's Adelphi Theatre on July 12th, 1993.

Sunset Boulevard weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by tinsel town with the advent of "talkies." Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When she meets struggling Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion.

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"Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical is a glorious, thrill a minute – a triumph"

— Daily Telegraph

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"What a star. Glenn Close is mesmerising. Outstanding performances"

— The Times

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"Glenn Close makes sure the sun once more rises on a glorious Sunset Boulevard"

— Daily Mail

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"A breath-taking performance from
Glenn Close"

— The Guardian

CREATIVE TEAM

Andrew Lloyd Webber
Don Black
Christopher Hampton
Andrew Lloyd Webber

ALW Lucy Sewill portrait 1 2015 (2)

Andrew Lloyd Webber is the composer of some of the world’s best-known musicals including Cats, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard. His latest musical, the hit stage version of the movie “School of Rock”, opened on Broadway in December 2015.

His awards, both as composer and producer, include seven Tonys, seven Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre, a BASCA Fellowship, the Kennedy Center Honor and a Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Requiem, his setting of the Latin Requiem mass which contains one of his best known compositions, Pie Jesu.

He owns seven London theatres including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and the London Palladium.

He was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 1992 and created an honorary member of the House of Lords in 1997.

He is passionate about the importance of music in education and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has become one of Britain’s leading charities supporting the arts and music.

Don Black

Don Black Head Shot

Don Black received two Tony Awards for best book and lyrics of a musical for his work (with Christopher Hampton) on Sunset Boulevard, which marked his third collaboration with Andrew Lloyd Webber. They first joined forces to write the song cycle Tell Me On A Sunday which developed to form the basis of the stage show Song and Dance, They were reunited again for Aspects of Love. He also wrote the lyrics for the Andrew Lloyd Webber producedBombay Dreams.

Awards include an Oscar for his song Born Free, five Academy Award nominations, two Tony Awards and three Tony nominations, six Ivor Novello Awards, a Golden Globe and many platinum and gold discs. He has written a quintet of James Bond theme songs: Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever, The Man With The Golden Gun, Surrender from Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough. Among his many popular songs are two U.S. number ones - Ben for Michael Jackson and To Sir With Love for Lulu. He was inducted in the Songwriters Hall  of Fame in 2008 and recently honoured in London with a BMI Icon award. Don also received the Order of the British Empire in the Queens honours list.

Don's latest musical is Mrs Henderson Presents currently on at The Noel Coward Theatre. Don is also a regular broadcaster and has his own show on Radio Two.

Christopher Hampton

Christopher Hampton Head ShotChristopher Hampton became involved in theatre while studying French and German at Oxford University, and wrote a play in his first year. The Royal Court's subsequent production was so successful that it transferred to the Comedy Theatre while he was still a student, making him the youngest writer ever to have a play performed in the West End - a record which still stands. He said at the time that he also hoped to become the oldest writer to have a play in the West End, an ambition he has yet to achieve.

His plays, musicals and translations have so far garnered four Tony Awards, three Olivier Awards, four Evening Standard Awards and the New York Theatre Critics' Circle Award; prizes for his film and television work include an Oscar, two BAFTAs, a Writers' Guild of America Award, the Prix Italia, a Special Jury Award at the Cannes Film Festival, Hollywood Screenwriter of the Year, and The Collateral Award at the Venice Film Festival for Best Literary Adaptation.

His works for the stage include original plays (Appomattox, The Talking Cure, White Chameleon, Tales from Hollywood, Treats, Savages, The Philanthropist, Total Eclipse and When Did You Last See My Mother?); plays adapted from novels (Ödön von Horváth’s Youth Without God, Sándor Márai’s Embers, Laclos’ Les Liaisons Dangereuses, George Steiner’s novella The Portage to San Cristobal of A.H.); musicals (Sunset Boulevard, Dracula: The Musical and, most recently, Stephen Ward, all with Don Black); libretti (Waiting for the Barbarians, Appomattox and The trial, all with composer Philip Glass); and many translations (Chekhov, Ibsen, Molière ,von Horváth, Yasmina Reza, Florian Zeller and a German musical based on Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca).

Hampton’s screenplays include Perfect Mothers (called Adore in the U.S., based on Doris Lessing’s The Grandmothers), A Dangerous Method (based on his play The Talking Cure), Chéri (from the novel by Colette), Atonement (from the novel by Ian McEwan), Imagining Argentina (which he also directed), The Quiet American (from the Graham Greene novel), The Secret Agent (from Joseph Conrad’s novel, and which he also directed), Mary Reilly (from Valerie Martin’s novel inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde), Total Eclipse (from his play of the same name, and in which he also performed), Carrington (the first film he also directed), Dangerous Liaisons (based on his play Les Liaisons Dangereuses), The Good Father (from the novel by Peter Prince), The Honorary Consul (from Graham Greene’s novel), Tales from the Vienna Woods (from the von Horváth play) and A Doll’s House (based on his translation of the play by Ibsen).

His television scripts include mini-series The Ginger Tree (from the novel by Oswald Wynd), Hôtel du Lac (from the Anita Brookner novel), The History Man (from Malcolm Bradbury’s novel), Able’s Will and most recently The Thirteenth Tale starring Vanessa Redgrave and Olivia Colman, based on the novel by Diane Setterfield.

PERFORMANCES

AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL

At the House on Sunset

As If We Never Said Goodbye

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